San Antonio Child Support Attorney

Determining child support amounts can be one of the most divisive aspects of a divorce. Both parents want what is best for their children, but financial realities can sometimes override their best efforts. Jennifer Espronceda has proven experience as an experienced San Antonio child support attorney. She has helped countless parents in establishing and modifying child support payments so that they accurately reflect the best interests of the child.

Texas law regarding divorce and conservatorship includes a standard calculator for determining child support payments. But every case is different, and there can be many factors that influence the calculation of support payments. Once issued, child support payments can be modified every three years—or more often if material circumstances change. Material circumstances can include (but are not limited to) losing a job, finding new employment, having another child, or one parent getting remarried. Thanks to her years of experience, Jennifer Espronceda is well versed in helping courts understand the specifics of a situation to ensure that the best decisions regarding conservatorship and child support payments are made.

A divorce or change in child custody arrangements can lead to overwhelming emotions and difficulty making decisions. Jennifer Espronceda’s family law experience clearly demonstrates that she is diligent in finding appropriate legal solutions even when clients’ emotions run high.

By hiring Jennifer Espronceda to handle your divorce or child support case, you can be assured that you’ll receive:

  • Expert legal representation from an experienced family law attorney
  • Individualized service specific to your situation
  • Strong communication, so you know what to expect every step of the way
  • Up front information about fees and time frames for completion
  • An attorney who cares about getting the best outcome for you and your children

Child Support Modification

Every parent wants to ensure their child has all the things they need to grow, learn, and thrive. Kids can be expensive. Even the hardest working, most attentive parent can sometimes be unable to provide enough financial security. Modifying child support is of vital importance when parents separate, as it may be the only way to ensure all of the child’s needs are being met.

Courts do their best to make sure that agreements regarding conservatorship are fair and have the best interests of the child firmly in mind. But what if circumstances change? Even if you have a court-ordered child support agreement, Texas courts have determined that payment amounts may be modified in the following cases:

  • Loss of job or residence for the non-custodial parent
  • Income of one or both parents has significantly increased or decreased
  • Changes in the child’s primary place of residence
  • Changes in the child’s medical or dental coverage
  • Remarriage or adoption
  • Changes in the child’s schooling, medical, or mental health needs
  • Military enlistment of the non-custodial parent
  • Changes in the child’s living arrangement
  • Non-custodial parent becoming legally responsible for more children

As an experienced family law attorney, Jennifer Espronceda is well-versed in the process of modifying child support. Payments should adequately reflect a reasonable monthly contribution to the child’s upbringing and basic needs. If you aren’t sure whether a modification of child support is warranted, Espronceda Law should be your first call. A single consultation can help you understand how the particulars of your situation are impacted by existing child support laws. If a modification is warranted, your attorney can help you navigate the process with confidence. Nothing is more important than helping your child get the financial security they deserve.

5 Things To Know About Child Support In San Antonio

#1 – If you are a non-primary parent, the amount that you pay in child support will equal 20 percent of your net income. For each additional child, your child support payments increase by five percent and cap at 50 percent of your income.

#2 – If your child has a special need or requires specialized care, the court may increase the amount that you are required to pay in child support.

#3 – You can petition the court to lower your child support payment if you have excessive debts or other financial obligations that hinder your ability to pay the required amount. Be prepared to provide proof of your financial circumstances.

#4 – Child support isn’t ordered in certain circumstances. If you and your ex split custody 50-50, the court may not order child support. This typically occurs when parents earn equal amounts.

#5 – Child support payments can be modified by either party. If you pay child support, you can request a reduction if you lose your job or experience a decrease in income. If you receive child support, you can request additional support if your ex’s income increases considerably.

Call Jennifer Espronceda at 210-308-6600 today to get a consultation on child support legal services.